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Sir Ben Kingsley will narrate All or Nothing: Manchester City, Amazon has announced.
With a career spanning over 50 years, Kingsley possesses one of the most iconic voices on British screens – and one that has served him well having won an Academy Award, Grammy, BAFTA, two Golden Globes and a Screen Actors Guild Award amongst many others. Now, he’ll be lending that voice to Amazon’s award-winning sports documentary series, which profiles successful teams around the world, both behind-the-scenes and on the pitch, from the Arizona Cardinals and Los Angeles Rams to the Dallas Cowboys and the New Zealand All Blacks.
All or Nothing: Manchester City will offer fans across the globe a typically candid glimpse into the historic record-setting, Premier League-winning season from the well-known football club. It will include interviews and dressing room action with legendary coach Pep Guardiola as well as the week-on-week stories that unfold within the lives of the players.
Kingsley needs no introduction to the club: he grew up in Pendlebury, Manchester, and was educated at Manchester Grammar School. He joins an impressive line-up of past All or Nothing narrators, including Jon Hamm (Mad Men) for All or Nothing: The Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnorok) for All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks.
First look: Amazon’s All or Nothing: Manchester City documentary
16th May 2018
Amazon has today released our first look at its new Manchester City documentary series.
Launched under its All or Nothing franchise, the Amazon Prime Original docuseries will offer fans around the world a glimpse into the historic club in its record setting, Premier League-winning year. The show will take viewers on an exclusive journey through the whole of Manchester City’s 2017-18 season; from the world-leading training facilities at the City Football Academy, to interviews with the manager and boardroom meetings. It will include interviews and dressing room action with legendary coach Pep Guardiola as well as the week-on-week stories that unfold within the lives of the players, from Kevin de Bruyne to Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Benjamin Mendy and more.
All Or Nothing: Manchester City follows Amazon’s expanding All or Nothing brand, which includes The Arizona Cardinals, the Los Angeles Rams, and the forthcoming All Blacks New Zealand Rugby (1st June 2018), which all offer unprecedented access to a team’s entire season and character-driven storytelling.
Here’s the 30-second teaser:
Man City documentary leads expansion of Amazon’s All or Nothing
21st March 2018
Amazon is expanding its All or Nothing sports series, with a new Manchester City documentary leading the way.
The series, which follows teams in the NFL with exclusive, unprecedented access, has proven hugely successful for Amazon Prime Video, picking up an Emmy for its first season. Since then, Amazon has made a major play into the sports arena, ordering multiple series about Formula 1 and fighting off competition to secure the exclusive rights to film at Manchester City, making the first all-access documentary series about a Premier League team.
All or Nothing: Manchester City shows fans the historic club’s behind-the-scenes action, its legendary coach, Pep Guardiola, and the personal stories of the players who are currently at the top of the English Premier League table. Guardiola was one of the best players and coaches of his generation, having won three Champions League titles during his time at FC Barcelona. He joined Manchester City in 2016, coaching stars such as Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne.
“Prime Video prides itself on offering incredibly compelling sports content with unprecedented access,” says Heather Schuster, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “We are able to put cameras in places where none have gone before to give Prime members an inside look at some of the most storied sports programs in the world. It only made sense to bring these series under the All or Nothing banner to reinforce our commitment to strong storytelling in this genre.”
That will be joined by a new college football series, All or Nothing: The Michigan Wolverines, which is narrated by award-winning actor and producer Mark Harmon (NCIS) and premieres on Friday 6th April.
All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks will also follow New Zealand Rugby’s famed All Blacks throughout 2017. The series provides a look inside the world of the players, coaches and the support team that sits behind them through the season, on and off the field. Prime members will get to see what makes them so successful and what it means in this rugged sport to undertake the responsibility of donning the black jersey and performing the sacred Haka.
All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks is produced by Mother Media Group in conjunction with Warner Brothers New Zealand and Pango Productions, and executive producers Eden Gaha, Greg Heathcote and Bailey Mackey. All or Nothing: Manchester City is a collaboration between MEDIAPRO, Prime Video, Manchester City, IMG, and Film45. Both series will premiere on Amazon Prime Video later this year.
Amazon announces Manchester City documentary series
9th November 2017
Amazon and Manchester City are pairing up for a new documentary series following the Premier League football.
The Amazon Original series will offer fans a glimpse into the historic Club, its legendary coach, Pep Guardiola, and the week-on-week stories that unfold within the lives of the players currently sitting top of the English Premier League table. Guardiola was one of the best players and coaches of his generation having won three Champions League titles during his time at FC Barcelona. He joined Manchester City in 2016 coaching stars such as Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne.
The multi-part exclusive series will follow him and the team through the current 2017/18 season, in a deal that follows months of heated competition between Netflix and Amazon to nab the rights to a behind-the-scenes football programme. It also joins other sporting content on Amazon Prime Video, from American football documentary All or Nothing to NFL live-streams on Thursday nights and the Next Gen ATP tennis finals.
“This new Amazon Prime Original series will give Prime members extraordinary insight into Manchester City, the top English Premier League Football team and one of the most exciting and respected teams globally,” says Heather Schuster, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “The story behind the coaches and players is fascinating and we are very excited to work with the Manchester City team to deliver an exclusive all access experience to our Prime members.”
Ferran Soriano, CEO of Manchester City, adds: “We are delighted to begin this strategic relationship with Amazon, one of the world’s leading companies. Amazon Prime Video is the perfect home for a ground-breaking project that will offer a unique and authentic inside view into Manchester City’s season like never before. This is an extremely exciting time for Manchester City and through Amazon’s world-class service, we will be able to share it with football fans all over the world.”
The series will launch exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in 2018.
Netflix and Amazon eyeing up Premier League series
18th September 2017
Netflix and Amazon are both looking to get into the Premier League TV game – but not in the way you think.
Football has long been the domain of Sky, with BT TV duking it out with the pay-TV giant for the rights to broadcast games. Amazon has started to snap up sporting rights too, recently nabbing the APT tennis tour from Sky for exclusive streaming. Netflix, though, isn’t looking to target live sports: the new battleground is off the pitch and behind-the-scenes, as both streaming players jostle to make Premier League documentaries.
The Daily Mail reports that both subscription services have approached top flight clubs, including Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, to negotiate making all-access series profiling the clubs. The projects would likely concentrate on pre-season preparations, rather than seasons themselves, as current TV rights deals would make any filming during matches very problematic.
It’s par for the course for the streaming world, with both Amazon and Netflix enjoying success with similar formats for American Football: Amazon’s All or Nothing and Netflix’s Last Chance U have both won big fans, awards and second seasons.
In the UK, such fly-on-the-wall series have happened before, with the BBC recently broadcasting Class of 92, which follows ex-Manchester United stars Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes buy a club several tiers down from the Premier League. BBC Three, meanwhile, was all set to make an all-access series profiling Watford last year, although the project (pictured above) never came to fruition. Liverpool, meanwhile, were the subject of a behind-the-scenes show produced by Channel 5 and Fox Soccer back in 2012.
All we know for certain so far is that Manchester United are unlikely to be teaming up with either streaming service, telling the newspaper this week that if they were to produce such a programme, it would be made in-house. With a growing number of TV broadcasters breaking out to launch their own standalone OTT services, could the future see all the major Premier League teams have their own subscription packages for all-access streaming?
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